Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
DRC works in this area to help people with intellectual/developmental disabilities live, work, and play where they chose. To learn more about our work, keep reading.
The Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Practice Group specializes in the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Service Act and, through a combination of legal representation, policy work, and systems change advocacy, help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who seek to:
- access regional center services that reflect their needs, choices, and cultural values;
- avoid institutionalization; and
- participate to the maximum extent possible in making decisions about their own lives.
In partnership with other DRC Practice Groups, the I/DD Practice Group also assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to obtain meaningful work at a competitive wage, access healthcare in home and community based settings, and challenge civil rights violations.
I/DD Legal Advocacy
Regional Center Services
Regional centers provide diagnosis and assessment of eligibility. They help plan, access, coordinate and monitor needed services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, an assigned case manager or service coordinator helps develop a plan for services and purchase the services needed to implement the plan. Most services and supports are free regardless of age or income.
Respite gives family members a break from caring for you and gives them time to do other things. The regional center pays for it. Sometimes the regional center may refuse to give you, stop or cutback respite. You can appeal this decision. This pub is a step-by-step guide to help you prepare for a regional center respite fair hearing.
This pub tells you what a limited conservatorship is. They are for regional center clients. It tells you why you may have one. It gives you other ways to help you, so you do not have to have a limited conservatorship.
To get regional center services you have to meet a certain definition. If told you do not meet the definition, you can ask for a hearing. This pub is a step-by-step guide to help you with a hearing.
These materials will help you prepare for your regional center hearing. This guide applies to regional center consumers who are 3 years old and older.
Self-determination means everyone should get what they need to have a good life. A good life includes family and independence. It also includes choice. This pub tells you about the program for regional center clients.
This pub tells you how to get paper work and services from the regional center in your native language. It tells you about this when you or your child is over age three. It tells you what to do if you do not agree with a regional center decision.